Title: The Things We Do For Our Kids
Pairing/s: none explicitly, Merlin/Arthur off-stage
Character/s: Arthur, child Aithusa
Summary: Aithusa issues a challenge Arthur can't refuse
Word Count: 100 on my phone
Author's Notes: This is in the same universe as "Of Nutcrackers, Dragons, and Kings", but knowledge of that story is not required. This drabble is based on a certain father and daughter that I know well.
“Come on, Daddy!” Aithusa shrieked. “You can do better than that!”
Arthur groaned and stretched further. It was parent participation day at ballet school, and the children were doing splits. Most parents skipped this, but not Arthur. Aithusa had overheard him telling Merlin that ballet was easy-peasy. She had cackled, then challenged him to do everything in class. How could he deny her?
Now he wished he had. He stretched harder and heard something rip. Pain shot through his hip and he collapsed in a heap. It was horribly embarrassing—but Aithusa’s gorgeous, triumphant smile was totally worth it.